Natives in the landscape

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Steve Galehouse
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Natives in the landscape

Post by Steve Galehouse » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:00 am

One of my favorite landscape trees is a variety of redbud called "Appalachia Red", with intense, neon pink flowers. The original wild tree was found growing in Maryland.

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Re: Natives in the landscape

Post by Gary Beluzo » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:30 pm

Steve, do you know how old the cultivars generally are before they produce the first flowers?

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Re: Natives in the landscape

Post by Steve Galehouse » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:49 pm

Gary-

They are generally in the 6'-8' grade when they flower well(and when they become marketable)---I would think this would translate to 4 to 6 years from propagation as grafted cuttings on seedling rootstock.

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Re: Natives in the landscape

Post by gnmcmartin » Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:26 pm

Steve:

I'll look for one. Are they common in the trade? I have a regular "species" redbud, and the particular one I got flowers less well than average. It may be my soil, but I think it is good. Or, as I suspect, it is just the variation within the species.

By the way, there is a half mile or so stretch of route 50, going down the west side of Cooper Mountain, about half way between romney and Winchester, that my wife and I call "Redbud Lane." the redbuds are under utility lines and make up a solid rank for just about half a mile. Mostly on the south side of the highway, but there are some on the other side. It is a spectacular display!

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Re: Natives in the landscape

Post by gnmcmartin » Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:24 am

Well, this is a test. I typed in a response here last night and it didn't appear. So before I take the time to type in a new one, I want to test this to see if I am wasting time again.

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Re: Natives in the landscape

Post by Larry Tucei » Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:44 am

Steve, Redbud has such a beautiful flower. I'll be on the lookout for some this week. Good photo. Larry

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Re: Natives in the landscape

Post by TN_Tree_Man » Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:46 am

Steve,

Have you had much success with one of the white flowering cultivars up your way, such as Cercis canadensis 'Alba"?

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Re: Natives in the landscape

Post by Steve Galehouse » Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:30 am

Steve-

Yes, white redbud is commonly grown here, and is actually considered more hardy than the species. The variety "Forest Pansy" is also popular, but seems less hardy than the species, and even less hardy than some cultivars of southern magnolia like Edith Bogue. "Oklahoma" is another nice redbud cultivar, with glossy foliage, indicating it has some Cercis reniformis is it.

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Re: Natives in the landscape

Post by James Parton » Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:06 pm

Steve,

Redbud is common here in NC and I have seen the white cultivar too. Redbud is one of my dad's favorites following just behind Flame Azalea.

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Re: Natives in the landscape

Post by mdavie » Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:29 pm

Interesting, I've seen "Forest Pansy" thriving here planted at 5100 feet. They seem to do quite well around here, in general.

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